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Unit information: Supervised Independent Study in 2020/21

Unit name Supervised Independent Study
Unit code SPOLM4300
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Demi Patsios
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit will enable students to pursue a topic of interest and relevance to them with the support of individual supervision. This unit is only available to students registered for MSc/Diploma degrees in Policy Research and Social Work Research in the School for Policy Studies. Agreement will be on the proviso that the work done is not covered by content already available to the student in the taught part of the programme attended by the student. The student will undertake independent study in accordance with the published guidelines and produce a piece of work for assessment.

Aims:

This unit will enable participants to:

  • Identify a suitable topic or issue in policy research that can be researched independently
  • Structure patterns of study independently
  • Conduct a small-scale supervised independent study

Produce a written assignment, presentation or other appropriate document as agreed with the supervisor and described in the proposal for independent study.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Developed their understanding of their chosen topic or issue in policy research or social work research.
  2. Gained experience and some competency in conducting this exploration
  3. Demonstrated their ability to articulate their findings and related ideas cogently and critically.

Teaching details

Supervised Individual Study will normally be conducted independently with regular, negotiated, supervisory contact.

Assessment Details

The assessment tests all the learning outcomes on the unit. It will comprise a written assignment of 4,000 words or equivalent, which takes the form of a report or any other product or combination of products which demonstrate that the student has developed his or her ability to explore analytically an appropriate issue or area of policy research or social work research.

Reading and References

Key readings will be determined by the topic being investigated and are therefore not generic to the supervised individual study mode.

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